Device Enables Commuters to Donate to Charity with Spare Subway Credit
A UK designer has created Common Pence, a system that can take leftover change off London’s Oyster travel pass and give it to charity.
The project has created a panel that can be tapped with an Oyster card, contactless bank card or NFC-enabled smartphone in order to take a small payment. Tap it once and GBP 0.50 is taken from the account, while holding a travel card against the panel will drain it of all the leftover credit. The funds are then delivered to a charity – at the moment decided by Common Pence and rotated each month. The panels are wireless and can either be hung on a wall in a subway or other public location, or carried around by charity workers.
Common Pence enables commuters to put their excess subway credit to good use by sending it to charity rather than transport companies.